South Scotland

Penwhirn Reservoir dam works complete

Penwhirn Reservoir Image copyright Scottish Water
Image caption The reservoir provides water supplies for communities across Wigtownshire

An £8m project to raise the height of a dam at a reservoir in Wigtownshire has been completed.

Back in 2010, concerns over stocks at the Penwhirn site prompted plans for a drought order, but the proposals were shelved after heavy rain.

Raising the height of the dam by 1.5m (about 5ft) has now increased the capacity by nearly 40%.

Scottish Water hopes it will provide an "increasingly secure supply of drinking water" for communities in the area.

The Penwhirn reservoir serves much of Wigtownshire, including Stranraer, Leswalt, Portpatrick, Newton Stewart and Creetown.

MSP Alex Fergusson welcomed the investment which he said should ensure "a plentiful supply for many years to come".

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